Americans Helping Americans Abroad

AARO Members successfully complete the process for Global Entry while abroad.

global entry tsa precheck logosGlobal Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers arriving in the United States from international destinations. Americans living abroad who frequently travel back to the U.S. may find having Global Entry useful. Global Entry benefits include:

  • No processing lines or paperwork
  • Access to expedited entry
  • Reduced wait times
  • Includes TSA PreCheck®

The program costs $100 to apply, and approval is good for five years. Applications are made online, but an in-person interview with CBP personnel is required for final approval. Appointments can be made for the interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center, but this can be difficult to schedule for Americans living abroad who may have limited available time while in the U.S.

Enrollment on Arrival a Useful Option

global entry 1However, there is also an Enrollment on Arrival (EoA) option for people who have been conditionally approved for Global Entry.

They can complete their interviews, the last step of the Global Entry approval process, while they are clearing entry into the U.S. through Customs and Border Protection.

Do note that Enrollment on Arrival is only available at participating international airports in the U.S. and select Pre-Clearance locations, and is not available for domestic flights and connections. More information about Enrollment on Arrival and a list of participating airports can be found on the CBP website.

More information about the Global Entry program can be found on the CBP website.

AARO Members Successful using Enrollment on Arrival

global entry 2Several AARO members report that they have successfully applied for Global Entry while living abroad. After applying online, paying the required fee, and receiving conditional approval, they have successfully used the Enrollment on Arrival process following their next international flight to the U.S.

One member, who has only a U.S. passport, reports receiving conditional approval a few days after completing the online application and payment. A second member, who has both a U.S. and U.K. passport, reports it took about five weeks for conditional approval. In both cases each member was able to use the Enrollment on Arrival process on the next trip to the U.S. and did not have to make an appointment for an interview.

For more information about the Global Entry program and to start the application process, please go to Trusted Traveler Programs at

Note: The information in this article is current as of January 2024. However, programs may change at any time, so you must do your own research before proceeding.